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saudi arabia? could an abundance of shale oil in the u.s. actually bring about energy independence by the year 2020? we drill for the truth straight ahead. and how rich is rich? the president wants higher taxes for americans earning more than $250,000 a year. is that fair? or should that number actually be $1 million? and could this be the key to resolving the looming fiscal cliff? that and a lot more is still to come on the "closing bell." >>> if a budget is not agreed upon to avoid the fiscal cliff, the average middle class family will pay $2,000 more in taxes. >> that's right. crunch time is upon us. the markets and economy will be held hostage until lawmakers do reach a deal on the fiscal cliff, presumably between now and the end of the year. >> eamon javers is breaking down the plan. over to you. >> just before the break, you and bill were debating whether or not it's too early to start getting sweaty palms about in fiscal cliff problem in washington. as a guy covering capitol hill for almost 20 years, i can tell you it's never too early to panic about what washington might do
called black elk energy operates that rig. reports are that a worker may have cut a line with a settling torch. four people have been rushed to the hospital, two are reportedly still missing. so far we have no reports of oil actually leaking into the gulf. >>> meanwhile, also breaking right now, the u.n. nuclear agency says iran is about to double output of higher enriched uranium. now that is a material that can easily be turned, we're told, into a nuclear warhead. sharon epperson is following the oil impact on both of those breaking stories. sharon, over to you. >> brent crude prices are higher as well as wti but you may expect that they would have been even higher based on the news that we're hearing. we do see brent crude futures above $108 a barrel and wti futures near the $87 mark. we are seeing a continuation of pretty big spread though between these two contracts. traders here on the floor are telling me that's what lets you know it is what is happening in the middle east, it is the iran report, it is also what we are seeing in terms of the oil rig on the gulf that's lifting the
, at of the retailers of course. but monster, another big one we're watching. but energy drinks as a category is linked to adverse events and hospitalizations which is not a good thing when you're in that industry, you're looking at potential. and maybe warning labelis which are not a good thing either. >> the corner of a -- it's a triangle, jim. >> there's no resting place. here's the deal with monster. monster's last conference call, they did this remarkable test versus starbucks, and said they had less caffeine than starbucks, i actually bought a box of them at costco. i had to save them for -- and no, i mean these are really, i think, off the reservation, the five-hours. >> to say they have less caffeine than -- if i were a consumer looking for a caffeine jolt, they're saying that starbucks has more caffeine and is not linked to any adverse events. but starbucks is saying why are you lumping us into the 5-hour. maybe you should have -- at the same time the government is a -- the government doesn't come in and say, you know what? we like some energy drinks and not others. we don't like energy drinks
in equity prices on the prospects of a fiscal cliff aversion, energy and technology. technology is down double digits. energy fell off as oil prices fell down to the mid-80s, somewhat toward an uptick. >> gentlemen, thank you all. arthur, good to see you on set with us. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for joining us today. we call this fiscal cliff investing. bertha coombs joins us with the potential winners and losers in how investors can play all this with a fiscal cliff portfolio. >> and they've been doing it already. if the president and congress fail to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff the expectation is that stocks will be the big loser. defense stocks in particular with a prospect of massive budget cuts starting january 1st. now, they've been hard hit since the election, turning around a bit today. cnbc looked at a portfolio of etfs that correlate with the moves in the market on the fear of hitting fiscal cliffs in particular sectors, including etfs that short stocks, negative bets on the market, like the ultrashort s&p eft. down all year, its been a gainer since the electio
budget. after the weekend, talks collapsed. and the annual world energy outlook report in an hour and plus analysis of where oil prices can be headed. and best buy gets set to join the tablet wars with it insignia flex. what can it offer to customers that the ipad, kindle 5 and surface can't. the first japanese government may be forcesed to lower its outlook for the economy, this after reporting an 8.9% fall in third quarter gdp. at this rate, already in recession. the government's attempts at a moderate recovery has been made more difficult by tensions with china. now pressure is even mounting from the boj, but analysts say the central bank likely to hold off until after the federal reserve is due to meet. joining us for more is global chief officer of global equities. and head of japanese research at jpmorgan securities. i suppose the question is whether this contraction here in the third quarter will be followed by another one in the fourth. >> it looks quite likely. you've got bad news on exports continuing and you've got on on top of that now a contraction in public spending
. middle east tensions having an impact on energy markets. let's go to the nimax. >> oil prices with a risk on day in the energy complex today. as you mention tensions in the middle east are a big issue. it's not so much the conflict that we're seeing in israel and gaza but you have the surrounding areas that are oil producers and post-arab spring it's a timber box that people are concerned could be ignited by conflict that we're seeing and there's no sign that conflict is easing up. impact on oil prices reflecting that geopolitical premium and it's winter so we'll see demand increases in the u.s. and china as well. wti up about 2%. same thing that we're seeing in brent. brent prices driving the heating oil and gas price higher. we're seeing a dip this morning in natural gas of course the e geopolitical issue not a big issue there. traders talking about the fiscal cliff this morning hoping to see some sort of a compromise. back over to you. >> thanks for that. if you think planning your black friday will give you an advantage this year, watch out. it turns out people are already starting
no nuclear energy by 2030. he says big election issues will be energy and economy. we may hear more from him with regard to stimulus or the election. if we do, we'll bring you that news when we get it. >>> now to gaza. the prime minister has arrived following two days of air strikes in which 19 palestinians and three israelis have reportedly been killed so far. joining us now from tel aviv where we know rockets landed nearby last night is martin fletcher. the fact that the rocket has the range capacity seems to be raising eyebrows. >> reporter: it handed pretty close. one landed in the sea and two more landed in other areas in open fields. didn't do any damage. but the symbolism is great because one of israel's key goals have been to destroy the long range capability of has mass. so the fact that after hundreds of israeli raids and strikes against those rocket centers hamas was able to launch rockets at tel aviv which nearly hit, that's a main success for hamas. >> you can talk about the visit by the prime minister and there was continued violence during the period? >> reporter: the egyptian
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